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Surprise, Gratitude Shown over Yoshino's Nobel Prize Winning

Surprise, Gratitude Shown over Yoshino's Nobel Prize Winning

   Tokyo, Oct. 9 (Jiji Press)--Japanese people reacted to the news of chemist Akira Yoshino's winning of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday with surprise and gratitude.
   "Thanks to lithium-ion batteries, I'm now able to work regardless of what time it is or where I am," a 34-year-old architectural designer in Tokyo's Koto Ward said. "It was great that (Yoshino) continued research, looking to the future where anybody can carry communications devices with them."
   The architectural designer also said, "I now realized that we owe our future to researchers' tireless efforts."
   "I'm proud of Yoshino as a Japanese," Junpei Kawachi, a 45-year-old corporate worker in Tokyo's Nerima Ward, said, calling the chemist, honorary fellow of major Japanese chemical maker Asahi Kasei Corp. <3407>, the "leading figure who made the world convenient."
   Mizuki Ohira, a 22-year-old student at the graduate school of Meijo University in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, where Yoshino serves as professor, said that "it seems natural that the research outcomes are helping our everyday lives, so I hadn't been aware of their greatness."

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